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Vagli Park: a park near the flooded town of Careggine

Vagli Park: a park near the lake of Vagli, famous for the flooded village of Fabbriche di Careggine

Near Vagli Sotto (Lucca), a small town on the shores of the Lake of Vagli, soon will open a theme park: Vagli Park. The goal is to connect people with the surrounding territory. One of the main attractions will be the “volo dell’angelo” (the Fly-line).

What is the volo dell’angelo (Fly-line)?

It’s an impressive leap of faith, a 1500 meters thrilling flight. You can cross the Lake and fly over the old town of Vagli Sotto traveling at a height of about 350 mt to a top speed of 150 km/h. Don’t worry, you will be attached to a steel cable with a special flight equipment!

Prices have not yet been announced but they will likely be between 40 and 50 euros.

Il ponte sospeso

If you prefer a different perspective for exploring the area or crossing the Lake, then we recommend a walk on the suspension bridge. The bridge is anchored to the ground with steel cables that support and maintain the balance. In the middle of the walkway, clear glass plates will be placed which will further increase the thrill and charm of across. The suspension bridge is one of the last masterpieces built in the territory. It works as a link between the two banks of the Lake.

vagli park suspension bridge by night
Vagli Park – Suspension bridge by night (Photo by Alisea Catalini)

The ghost town of Fabbriche di Careggine

The ingredients for a super Park there are all: the unique landscape, breathtaking views, a suspension bridge and a Flyline. Well, if we add the ghost and submerged town of Fabbriche di Careggine, Vagli Park becomes legendary.

Fabbriche di Careggine
The submerged town of Fabbriche di Careggine

In the past, the lake of Vagli didn’t exist, in that area the was the town of Fabbriche di Careggine. It was inhabited mainly by families of blacksmiths from Brescia. They worked the iron extracted from the Monte Tambura. But was decided to build a dam that would have flooded the Valley and the village of Fabbriche di Careggine. In the 1953, the villages of Pantano, Piari and Fabbriche di Careggine were submerged and residents were forced to leave their homes. In 1958, when it was emptied the Lake for the first time, it was possible to revisit the ruins of Fabbriche, the only village that survived under the waters. So, every time the Lake is emptied for maintenance work, thevillage of Factories back to the light. This event attracts hundreds of people that go to the submerged village for a suggestive walk. The last time was in the 1994.

Waiting for the ghost village come back to the light, we can enjoy the wonders of the area. Thanks to the suspension bridge and the flight of the Angel nowwe can even imagine it and perhaps glimpse passing or flying above.

For all information, even of other activities and attractions in thePark, please consult the official website of Vagli Park.

 

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